Kiryat Tiv'On, HaZafon, Israel
I’m the Co-Founder and CEO of NUKADIMA, a boutique innovation consulting firm that helps global organizations to design, build, and manage their innovation portfolio.
I teach business leaders, executives, managers, and their teams how to create innovative strategies that are easy to follow, launch KPI-crushing innovation projects that look great on a P&L, and build customer-pleasing products, services, and business models in record time.
Before launching NUKADIMA, I was the VP of R&D at Fung Academy, a Fung Group company, where I built innovation labs like Explorium Shanghai & Hong Kong, developed startup commercialization programs like GBG Tech Links in New York, and created training and development courses like AI in Action.
I founded two more companies – Meshroom Design, a digital design agency that provided 3D modeling and rendering services to the construction industry, and Playful Labs, a Gamification consulting firm that helped brands engage with their audience through play.
I was a Research Scientist and PhD candidate in the Changing Places Group at the MIT Media Lab. I worked on the CityScope project, developing a Lego-based collaborative urban design platform for city planners and stakeholders. Before joining the Media Lab, I spent some time as a member of the Social Technologies Group at IBM Research in Haifa, where I led the R&D of a human computation game platform called “Games for Crowd.”
I have a dual Master’s degree from MIT in Architecture and Computer Science. My thesis, titled UDesign: Toward a User-Centered Architecture, proposed the use of AI & Machine Learning algorithms to assist non-expert users in the design process. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
I’m a member of the MIT Alumni Club of Israel as well as Vice Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel. I’m an active mentor to several startups in different accelerators across Israel, such as MassChallenge, Siftech, and BizTEC. I live with my wife, Gila, and three kids – Yotam, Abigail, and Ella – in a small town called Kiryat Tiv’On (Israel).